Program Details

Shambhala Art - Part One & Part Two

with Alexander deVaron & Joann Herson
February 15 / 9:00 AM - February 16 / 5:00 PM

[Please Note: You may take Parts One & Two, or Part One only for a lower price. Taking Part One is a prerequisite for Part Two.]

The creative process has more to do with perception than talent. It requires that we first perceive our world as it is before we can represent it in some form or use it as a launching pad for expression. Meditation helps this process by clarifying our perceptions, relaxing our relentless self-dialoguing, and revealing the source of creativity. We also learn through meditation that we can rest in “square one,” a state of mindfulness and awareness where our mind, body, and environment are synchronized, and self-expression can transform into pure-expression.

Teacher for Shambhala Art Part 1 – Saturday, February 15, 2020
Alexander DeVaron
 began meditating in 1980, and studying in Shambhala in 1982. He met Chögyam Trungpa in 1985, and was empowered as both a teacher and meditation instructor in 1986. From 1991 to 1996 he lived at Karmê Chöling retreat center, serving in the practice and study department. In addition to teaching in Shambhala, he teaches stress management programs for the Penn Program for Mindfulness, and is a Professor of Music at Temple University.

Teacher for Shambhala Art Part 2 – Sunday, February 16, 2020
Raised in the rolling Palouse hills of Washington State, Joann Doneen Herson was trained by noted artist and teacher, Herman Keyes. This “master/student relationship” empowered her to actualize the artist’s life and to move to Philadelphia to continue her formal education at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Thoroughly grounded in the traditional craft of figure drawing and old master techniques, Doneen Herson’s artistic sensibility gradually evolved to non-representational imagery. During her four years at PAFA, she was awarded many prizes, among them the coveted Morris Blackburn Landscape Prize and the prestigious Thouron Prize. Doneen Herson has appeared in group exhibitions in Florence (Exhibition of Abstract Work by Four American Women) and Venice (International Invitational), Italy. 

Shambhala Art Part One is a Prerequisite for Shambhala Art Part Two

Discounts for Taking Both Art One and Art Two and for Repeating Programs
Participants who register for both Parts One and Two will be eligible for a discounted price of 0 total for both programs. Please contact [email protected] for details. If you have already taken Parts One and Two, you are warmly invited to take them again at half price. There will be new exercises and information.

About the Five-Part Shambhala Art Curriculum 
As an arts education program, Shambhala Art’s mission is to encourage the exploration of how meditation and contemplation works with the creative and viewing processes. Shambhala Art can be seen as a process, a product, and an arts education program. As a process, it brings wakefulness and awareness to the creative and viewing processes through the integration of contemplation and meditation. As a product, it is art that wakes us up. Shambhala Art is also an international non-profit arts education program based on the Dharma Art teachings of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Shambhala, and Naropa Institute.

Generosity Policy 
Please contemplate how much you can offer and give more, less, or the suggested amount based on your individual circumstances. The tuition amount reflects our cost to offer the program Our generosity policy supports individuals who need to pay-what-you-can due to financial hardship. Thank you!

For questions or more information please contact Barbara at: [email protected]

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